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Grateful Dead Live at Unknown on 1968-05-00




1. St. Stephen>
2. Cryptical>
3. The Other One>
4. Cryptical>
5. New Potato Caboose
6. Alligator>
7. Caution


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Unknown
Location Unknown, Unknown

Source Vault Reel>DAT>CD>EAC>SHN
Transferred by JCurrier3

Reviews

Reviewer: WE-LEAVE-THE-CASTLE - - June 6, 2013
Subject: Maybe Columbia University
This afternoon I was on YouTube watching a video entitled Anthem to Beauty classic albums a very fine documentary about the run of albums from Anthem to American Beauty. About 41 min. into the video Dennis McNally comes on talking about the 1st time he saw the Dead in May of 68 at Columbia University, the video cuts to black and white footage of students on strike the National Guard looking mean with their guns out and the dead playing new potato caboose. While the footage runs McNally talks about how the dead were smuggled onto campus in a bread truck so I decided to look the show up on the archive only 2 shows from May of 68 listed this one and the one at the County Fairgrounds on the 18th. Brought up a new tab and played the black and white footage against the archived version I definitely think that they are the same show no date was ever mentioned but I would say that this is from Columbia University.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - June 1, 2013
Subject: share this one!!!
Just absolutely godd*mned beautiful music. It's a shame this show is labeled 1968-05-00 and not quite linked up to the regular channels (deadlists, etc.); happening upon this show while browsing '68 is how I found it, and jesus christ this thing is *amazing*! Would it be too much to go ahead and label this as 5/30, 5/31, or 6/1 at the Carousel, '68? If for no other reason than to assure more people are able to link to it easier? What do you guys think?

I can see why some think this is a studio recording, what with such *stereo* at work and Pigpen's VERY prominent organ (ahem....) high in the mix...T.C. played during the Anthem sessions and it certainly doesn't *sound* like Pig's work - listen to that gorgeous interplay between the organ and Jer after St. Stephen's final verse.

Anyways, whatever the date, venue, studio or not, this thing is a monster. The drop from the Cryptical Reprise ("We Leave the Castle"???) into New Potato is precious, precious stuff. Shame about that devastating, soul-wrenching slice into eternity at the end of Caution, but I think if they took this one seriously as a possible release there may be more to it. My jaw was just agape here. Anyone have any more info on this???
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - December 28, 2011
Subject: Great mid-'68
Where or whenever this was, it's a perfect little slice of mid-'68 Dead. Pigpen's organ really stands out here given the sound an added dimension not always heard. Stunning New Potato and an adrenaline-rush of a Caution.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - February 12, 2009
Subject: Carousel Ballroom May '68
Lemieux explained that this music came off a vault reel marked “early-1968 Carousel” and it certainly is not a studio session. Seeing as the first St. Stephen was performed sometime in May '68, it makes sense that this could be from the May 30 - June 1 stand.

Still, it sounds fantastic and you have to dig Pig's ska organ. (97 pts)
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - February 12, 2009
Subject: Anthem of the Sun studio session
I don't believe this is a show; it sounds very much like a studio session for Anthem of the Sun. These sessions were from 9/67-3/68. It also sounds very much in the style and structure of Anthem, as well as tempos, riffs, etc--not what they were playing later in the year. I also believe you can recognize bits of this Alligator on Anthem (such as some of the perfectly mic'd percussion).

We get the end of St. Stephen, which is a brand new song here. The first performance was in late May.

This is great material (as is Anthem). Not as wild or electric as the live shows used on the album (1/20, 2/3, 2/14, among others), but tight and musical and in the groove. I love Pigpen in Caution, which, unfortunately is abruptly cut off. We are lucky to have this. A must-listen for Anthem fans.
Reviewer: Chris U. - - July 17, 2008
Subject: PIGPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, where has this show been all my life?!?!?

Killer quality with the keys turned up perfectly. Too many tapes have Pig buried in the back where his contributions amount to some sort of swirling backdrop. Here you can truly appreciate the beautiful sound of his organ in a well-mixed recording.

Assuming this date is correct, is this the first recorded example of the little merry-go-round Phil solo immediately after the lyrical portion of New Potato Caboose (the bit that eventually reaches its historical climax at the 10-14-68 Avalon show)?
Reviewer: vguy72 - - July 17, 2008
Subject: My birth month
Seeing as how May '68 was my birth month (5/21 to be exact), any May '68 show is exciting. A tumultuous time for our country, Spring '68 turned out to be a fertile time for the boys, including this little snippet....good stuff. As far as I know, they never played a show on the exact date I am wishing for, but close is good...

Long live the good ole' Grateful Dead
Reviewer: cosmos_86 - - June 23, 2008
Subject: st stephen
possibly 5-24-68
Reviewer: looklikewine - - June 19, 2008
Subject: good show
Fresh and unusual performance, truly original.
Very good recording. Thanks to J Currier3
Reviewer: erik65 - - May 10, 2008
Subject: GD May '68(?)
Notes:
1. This is a SBD, very clear, low gen, no hiss. 4.6 Stars for performance and 4.4 Stars for recording.
2. The first part of St. Stephen is cut out. It is a short version with interesting jamming back and forth between Pigpen on keys and Jerry. The transition to Cryptical is very interesting, and so is the Cryptical, esp. Pigpen's leads playing such a big role.
3. New Potato: a perfect version. Keyboards turned up in the mix, compared to most versions.
4. You've probably never heard an Alligator like this, where Jerry goes off into a solo in the middle, as sweetly done as this. It's definitely not typical.
5. There is a bad dropout as Alligator transitions into Caution, but otherwise, this is brilliant material. Caution transitions into another song, but it is not possible to tell which one. I searched but could not match the setlist with a show.
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